# Calculate electric current in a resistor

1. Dec 15, 2014

### nowayn

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

calculate the electric current in the 20 ohm resistor

3. The attempt at a solution
I have no idea where to start, but i thought maybe you should calculate the voltage first and then the voltage over the 20 ohm resistor.

2. Dec 15, 2014

### phinds

You know the current through the parallel pair of resistors. How do you get from there to the current through the 20ohm resistor. You don't need voltage.

3. Dec 15, 2014

### nowayn

wait so is the current there also 0,3A?

4. Dec 15, 2014

### phinds

Do you understand the concepts of series elements and parallel elements? If you are not clear on that then you need to GET clear on it before trying ANY problems of this sort, else you will be perpetually confused.

5. Dec 15, 2014

### Staff: Mentor

Investigate the topic: current divider.

The current divider and the voltage divider are two concepts that you will find to be very handy to know about.

6. Dec 15, 2014

### ImperialThinker

You don't know where to start ? Start of by calculating the parallel resistance between 20ohm and 30ohm resistor, then maybe something will click off in your mind.

7. Dec 15, 2014

### nowayn

1/20=0,05
1/30=0,0333
0,08333/0,05=0,6
resistor with 20ohms will get 60% of the current
0,3*0,6=0,18